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Rachael F. Goldberg

Rachael F. Goldberg

Rachael is a native New Yorker and life-long theatre devotee. She saw her first Broadway show, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” at age five, and has been hooked ever since. The summer she was supposed to work on her master’s thesis, she saw roughly ten shows in three months, including two camp-outs for standing room tickets for “Book of Mormon.” Sadly, her acting skills are severely lacking (just ask anyone who had to suffer through her performance as Marty in “Grease”), so she leaves the acting to the professionals and sticks to another type of drama: politics.




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Posted: Feb. 13, 2020


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BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE at The Kennedy CenterBWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE at The Kennedy Center
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BWW Review: BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY ANALOGY TRILOGY: DORA: TRAMONTANE at The Kennedy CenterBWW Review: BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY ANALOGY TRILOGY: DORA: TRAMONTANE at The Kennedy Center
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BWW Review: LE CABARET DE CARMEN at IN SeriesBWW Review: LE CABARET DE CARMEN at IN Series
Posted: Jan. 7, 2020


BWW Review: THE JEWISH QUEEN LEAR at Theater JBWW Review: THE JEWISH QUEEN LEAR at Theater J
Posted: Mar. 21, 2019


BWW Review: EVERYBODY at Shakespeare Theatre CompanyBWW Review: EVERYBODY at Shakespeare Theatre Company
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BWW Review: WORLD STAGES: LA CLEMENZA DI TITO at The Kennedy Center
February 14, 2020

Overall, 'La Clemenza di Tito' is an interesting take on the beloved Mozart piece, though it feels very rough as a production, and the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater may not be the ideal venue for this staging. But with a fabulous cast, team of dancers, and orchestra, it still makes for an enjoyable evening.

BWW Review: WORLD STAGES: HEROINE at The Kennedy Center
February 13, 2020

'Heroine' handles a number of deep, complex issues. And yet, it manages to do so with a sensitivity and care that feels respectful and fitting to those it portrays, directly or indirectly. The care and attention put into this production by every member of the team shows in the performance, and beyond the stage.

BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE at The Kennedy Center
January 24, 2020

Sir Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake' has a reputation as a beloved, fascinating, and powerful ballet. The latest production certainly justifies this reputation.

BWW Review: A MEASURE OF CRUELTY at 4615 Theatre Company
January 19, 2020

'A Measure of Cruelty' is a deep, intimate portrait of what happens when social norms and expectations drive people to act in ways that are more damaging than fulfilling, more harmful than helpful, and how to break the cycles of violence and anger we think need to define us, especially men.

BWW Review: LE CABARET DE CARMEN at IN Series
January 7, 2020

IN Series' 'Le Cabaret de Carmen' is a haunting, beautiful spin on the popular tragedy. It's a unique and thoughtful retelling, with a wonderful cast and production team, and is entrancing from its languid opening to its dramatic finale.

BWW Review: EUREKA DAY at Mosaic Theater Company
December 12, 2019

'Eureka Day' is still a fun show with a solid cast and production team. I certainly laughed, and enjoyed the performance. But I also had a lingering distaste from its heavy-handed, clumsy messaging.

BWW Review: SHE THE PEOPLE: THE RESISTANCE CONTINUES! at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
December 9, 2019

The Second City's 'She the People' is back at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The jokes and social commentary have been updated to address current events, as well as keep some evergreen topics fresh and remind us how upsetting it is that some things are considered evergreen. But, above all, 'She the People' is a call to action. It's a reminder that women's experiences matter, and women's voices matter.

BWW Review: Fall in Love with DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE at Arena Stage
December 8, 2019

'Dear Jack, Dear Louise' is a moving, funny, and heartbreaking show with a sweetly earnest cast and a formidable production team. Based on the true story of playwright Ken Ludwig's parents' letters and courtship during World War II, 'Dear Jack, Dear Louise' is a lovingly told and timeless romance, and a pleasurable reminder of the past and of our humanity.

BWW Review: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE at Imagination Stage
November 27, 2019

Imagination Stage has revived their Helen Hayes Award-winning 2012 production of 'The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe' for the 2019 holiday season. With stunning sets and engaging musical elements, it's not hard to see why this production is a local favorite. The show takes a well-known tale and retells with the fun creativity of a children's production, but with the sensibilities that play to adults' nostalgia.

BWW Review: NO EXIT at Live Garra Theatre
November 18, 2019

'No Exit' itself is a wonderful source material, and it was intriguing to hear Live Garra Theatre's plans to update and add an escape room element to the famous play. I walked into this show excited to see a new, modern twist on one of my favourite plays. Instead, I walked out incredibly disappointed.

BWW Interview: Jennifer Schwed, Doug Bradshaw, And Charlie Barnett of 19: THE MUSICAL at National Museum Of Women In The Arts
November 18, 2019

'19: The Musical' is the brainchild of Through the 4th Wall co-founders, Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw. Both DC natives, Schwed and Bradshaw conceived the idea of a musical about the passage of the 19th Amendment in 2016, and, along with Composer Charlie Barnett, have been overseeing workshops and concert performances for the last two years. Now, the team is preparing for the premiere of the full production, to be staged at the National Museum of Women in the Arts November 25-27.

BWW Review: EDWARD ALBEE'S OCCUPANT at Theater J
November 14, 2019

'Occupant' is a beautiful, intimate piece about a fascinating woman, presented in a clever and engaging manner. Every element of the production is thoughtful, and it's thoroughly enjoyable to settle in for an evening with Louise and her part-admiring, part-critical interviewer.

BWW Review: MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP: PEPPERLAND at The Kennedy Center
November 14, 2019

The knowledge that Mark Morris Dance Group's 'Pepperland' is based on the Beatles' a?oeSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Banda?? album sets the expectation for a bright, vivid performance that's just edging into trippy. For the most part, the show lives up to that expectation, but with some twists.

BWW Review: AGNES OF GOD at Factory 449
November 13, 2019

Factory 449's 'Agnes of God' is an emotional, intimate play that speaks to inner struggles. With a sharp script and an exceptional cast, it's an insightful and aching performance that is both enjoyable and heartbreaking to watch.

BWW Review: THEORY at Mosaic Theater Company
November 3, 2019

Theory is an interesting show with a strong cast and solid technical elements. It raises some valid questions about living our ideals and the limitations we set (or don't) on ourselves and others in public, but it never quite figures out how to go beyond that. Still, it opens conversations about these issues, and pushes audiences to reconsider their own perspectives, and there's certainly value in that.

BWW Review: RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN at Arena Stage
October 27, 2019

'Right to be Forgotten' is a thought-provoking, insightful play that addresses a key issue in our lives. Arena Stage's production is a smart, solid, and charming show with a strong cast and production team, and has the ability to elevate the debate in an honest and nuanced way.

BWW Review: EVERYBODY at Shakespeare Theatre Company
October 24, 2019

'Everybody' may not be for, well, everybody - it's a quirky play that tackles humanity, life, death, and our own fragile existence head-on. But those who are brave enough to face these uncomfortable truths are rewarded with a fast-talking, quick-witted, deep-thinking performance.

BWW Review: SURFACING: AN INVENTORY OF HELPLESSNESS at ExPats Theatre
September 13, 2019

Although it's an intense play, Surfacing is also incredibly thoughtful. In the manner of most good art, it takes difficult and abstract ideas and gives the people behind them a face and a voice. And, even though we don't know how these particular stories end, it's hard not to walk out of the theatre feeling hopeful.

BWW Review: LOVE SICK at Theater J
September 12, 2019

In Theater J's fall opening, we are asked to consider: what really happens when love makes you sick? And yet, despite a strong cast and well-executed technical elements, 'Love Sick' suffers from a slight disconnect.

BWW Review: 1 HENRY IV at Folger Shakespeare Library
September 11, 2019

Folger's 2019 Season opener deftly tells the tale of king's reign and the rebellion he faces, a prince burdened by expectations, and the struggles of family, honor, and duty. Rosa Joshi's production enchantingly revives this age-old tale with the help of stunning sets, expert staging, and a phenomenal cast.



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